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					BECOMING A U. S. CITIZEN                                DOCUMENTATION REQUIRE-                                  Are You Afraid To File For Citizen-
________________ ________________________               MENTS FOR NATURALIZATION                                ship Because You Have Had Trou-
                                                        APPICATIONS:                                              ble In The Past With The Law?

BENEFITS OF CITIZENSHIP:                                                                                    WHEN SHOULD YOU SEEK THE
                                                        ·   If you do not have the documentation re-        ADVICE OF AN IMMIGRATION AT-
·   You cannot be removed (deported) from the               quired by USCIS because the papers              TORNEY?
    U.S. for any reason.                                    were lost before arriving in the United
                                                            states or your home country does not            If you have some doubts about applying for citi-
·   You can get a U.S. Passport for traveling.              keep or issue vital records, you should         zenship or if you have had any of the following
                                                            still apply.                                    problems, seek the advice of an immigration attor-
·   You can vote.                                                                                           ney before applying for naturalization:
·   Your minor children born abroad who came to         ·   Other documents are acceptable to US-
    the U.S. with you will automatically become U.          CIS, including Affidavits of Birth, Mar-        ·    ANY criminal violations and arrests since you
    S. citizens by law.                                     riage, or Divorce. Many times you can                arrived in the United States;
                                                            use documents you have acquired since
·   You will be eligible for Social Security and            your move to the U.S.                           ·    History of domestic violence or violation of a
    other public benefits that are stopped after                                                                 Protection Order;
    you have been in the U.S. for seven years                                                               ·    Tax problems, such as unpaid taxes, failure to
    without becoming a U.S. citizen.                             The Naturalization Process
                                                                   Can Take Over a Year,                         file taxes, or accusations of fraud with your tax
·   You will have preference when petitioning for                     SO DO IT NOW!                              returns;
    family members abroad who are waiting to                                                                ·    Unpaid child support;
    come to the U.S.
                                                                                                            ·    Immigration fraud at the time of entry;
APPLICATION FILING FEES:                                                EXCEPTION
                                                                                                            ·    False claims to U.S. citizenship;
·   You may request a waiving of the filing fees                                                            ·    Voting or registering to vote in a U.S. election;
    from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service       If requested, USCIS will process your applica-
                                                                                                                 or
    (USCIS).                                            tion much faster so you can get Social Security.
                                                                                                            ·    Abandonment of your legal permanent resi-
                                                                                                                 dent status.
                                                        The law required that after you have been in
CITIZENSHIP TESTING:                                    the United States for seven (7) years and have
                                                        not become a citizen, you will not be eligible to
·   All applicants for naturalization                   receive Social Security or you will lose any So-
    must be able to speak, read, and write Eng-         cial Security benefits you receive.
    lish.

·   All applicants must take a U.S. civics, and his-
    tory test.

·   For limited reasons, applicants with disabilities
    may qualify for a Medical Waiver to bypass
    the testing requirements.
               TWO WAYS TO                                   Who Do I Contact
            APPLY FOR SERVICES:                         With Additional Questions?
                                                                                                          LEGAL
1. Call Our Toll-Free Number: 1-800-634-5263                    Call: 1-800-634-5263
   Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to
   3:00 p.m. If you are 60 years of age or older,
                                                              Seniors 60 and over Call
                                                                  1-866-621-9886
                                                                                                       SERVICES OF
   call 1-866-621-9886 Monday through Friday
   from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.                             Legal Services of North Dakota                NORTH
2.   Apply online at www.legalassist.org.                       Bismarck Law Office                      DAKOTA
                                                          1025 Third St North, PO Box 2419
                                                             Bismarck, ND 58502-2419

     INTERPRETERS Are Always Provided
           AT NO COST To The Client,
                                                                  Fargo Law Office
                                                          118 Broadway #421, PO Box 1327              Immigration Law
       By Telephone or During Office Visits.                      Fargo, ND 58107
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                                                                   Minot Law Office
                                                        20 1st St SW Suite 201; PO Box 1666
Disclaimer: This information is not legal ad-                      Minot, ND 58702
vice. If you have a legal problem, you
should talk to a lawyer and ask for advice                      New Town Law Office
about your options.                                           345 Main St., PO Box 217
                                                                New Town, ND 58763

                                                                Belcourt Law Office
                                                        BIA Road 7 Building 85, PO Box 1365
                                                               Belcourt, ND 58316




                                                                                                        Becoming a
                                                                                                        United States
                                                                                                           Citizen
                                                    You may apply for legal services by complet-          Brochure # 995
June 2008
                                                    ing our online website application.

                                                    Visit our WebSite at http://www.legalassist.org
                                                                     March 2008

				
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